Feb 14, 2017

Lori Sokol, PhD., Executive Director of Women’s eNews

Lori Sokol's list of credentials is long and impressive. A psychologist, scholar, writer, mover and shaker, Lori is President of Sokol Media, which publishes a variety of business magazines that advocate for diversity in the workplace. She is also Executive Director of Women's eNews. Founded in 1999, its mission is to 'report stories of women and girls to create a more equitable world, a world that honors, respects and supports the lives of women and girls.' The match is a perfect one, since Lori is, someone who has, "dedicated my entire career to advocating for gender rights through the media."

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Feb 7, 2017

Edris Nicholls, Hair Stylist

Edris Nicholls was fascinated watching her grandmother work her magic as a hair stylist on the island of St. Vincent, and knew at a young age, she wanted to do exactly that. At 15 Edris joined her mother in New York...and eventually perfected her craft at several salons, later working as a freelance stylist in Paris and Milan. Edris opened her own salon in 2003 in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Known for her aesthetic and multicultural approach to her craft, Edris Salon caters to a very diverse clientele. Here's yet another conversation with creative woman who has so much to share.

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Jan 31, 2017

Jennifer Tepper, Broadway Producer

It's been all about Broadway for Florida native Jennifer Tepper. She grew up devouring Playbill magazines, listened endlessly to musical cast albums, highlighting shows she'd see once she came to the Big Apple. At 18, Jennifer moved to the city to attend NYU. She's been here since. Jennifer parlayed her passion into a career - working for Broadway and Off-Broadway producers, directors and today this 30-something is a musical theater historian, write and producer and....is also the Director of Programming at the esteemed Feinstein's 54/Below and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. Needless to say....Jennifer's got plenty to say!

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Jan 24, 2017

Johanne Reid, Romare Bearden Foundation Co-Director

Johanne Bryant Reid managed to merge her business career with her passion for the arts. While working at Merrill Lynch as Manager of its Global Human Resources Department, she joined the Board of the Romare Bearden Foundation. After serving as primary fundraiser for 7 years, she was named co-director in 2009. The foundation was created in 1990 as a non-profit, aimed at preserving and perpetuating the legacy of this pre-eminent African/American artist. So the Reid/Bearden match makes perfect sense. He made art, she makes sure it lives on. Sit back and enjoy this engaging conversation.

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Jan 17, 2017

Roz Mays, Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Pole Dancer

You're about to meet Roz Mays, a personal trainer/gym instructor who also happens to be an award-winning pole dancer. And.. describes herself this way, "I'm black, I'm plus size and I'm a woman - that's a triple threat in fitness. I'm the anti-Christ. I'm just missing being a lesbian Muslim and then everyone can hate me!" Sit back and enjoy this refreshingly open and honest conversation. You're gonna love her!

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Jan 10, 2017

Alexandra Vassilaros, Playwright

Alexandra Vassilaros has acted on stage, in film, and on television, but her passion is playwriting. Her most recent work, "Big Sky," about a well-to-do family, had its world LA's Geffen Playhouse in the spring of 2016. Her other plays include "Omnium Gatherum," a 9/11-born collaboration with Theresa Rebeck. It was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Alex shares what it's like to be on stage and to write for the stage. There's a plenty to learn from this frank and fascinating conversation. 

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Jan 3, 2017

Amy Shoremount-Obra, American Soprano

Internationally known American soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra made her debut at The Met in 2014 as "First Lady" in Mozart's "The Magic Flute." She's been back since and this year performs in two new operas. Amy's sung in venues in the States and Europe. Tune in as Amy takes us on her impressive 'operatic' journey. 

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Dec 27, 2016

Marcia Thompson, Restauranteur

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room has been a fixture on historic and beautiful Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia since 1943. Open Monday-Friday from 11:00am-2:00pm, diners wait in line for seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Once inside, they're greeted by an assortment of delicious home-cooked Southern dishes. You're about to meet Marcia Thompson, whose late grandmother, Sema, is Mrs. Wilkes, considered a pioneer for women in the restaurant business. This is a fascinating and mouth watering conversation about love, family and history.

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Dec 20, 2016

Khuraira Musa, Make Up Artist

Khuraira Musa's career as a successful make up artist and creator of a cosmetics line that bears her name is a far cry from her humble beginnings in a small village in Northern Nigeria. Life began in an orphanage after her mother died in childbirth. She was later adopted by an aunt, who had very little. They lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. What Khuraira says she didn't lack, was a tremendous amount of love. Listen in as she shares the details of her life in Nigeria and here in the States in this riveting, no-holds barred conversation.

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Dec 13, 2016

Pat Battle, Television News Reporter

Veteran award winning television reporter Pat Battle is a human dynamo. WNBC-TV's senior New Jersey correspondent, she's been covering numerous breaking news stories with her uniquely personal touch since joining the station in 1996. Pat won a national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award as part of Channel 4's team coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2102. She also co-anchors WNBC's Weekend Today. Pat has been recognized for lending both her voice and support to numerous public service organizations across the tri-state. This is one engaging, frank, funny and fascinating conversation.

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